Myths of Perception
Enhanced perceptual skills enable a practitioner to discern subtle insights that can significantly improve the effectiveness of the care they provide. Some common myths exist that can undermine the development of this valuable skill.
MYTH #1. Only a limited percentage of ‘gifted’ individuals can develop exceptional perceptual abilities
FACT: The human nervous system is astonishingly sensitive.
The average person’s innate sensitivity, e.g., their neural receptor thresholds, extends far beyond their conscious ‘range of perception’. The simple truth is that your neural system continually DETECTS much more stimuli than you are AWARE of. Consequently, most individuals are ‘gifted’ with the genetic potential to develop exceptional perceptual skills.
MYTH #2. Perception is limited to awareness of 'standard' 5 sense responses.
FACT: Your neural system produces many responses - beyond just ‘standard’ 5 sense responses – when it detects stimuli.
For example, your neural system produces autonomic and central nervous system responses when it detects extremely subtle/ 'subthreshold' stimuli. Practitioners who selectively cultivate awareness of these responses are able to perceive extremely subtle changes in a patient’s physiology, which cannot be experienced through the ‘standard’ 5 senses.
MYTH #3: It takes a lot of time and effort to cultivate exceptional perceptual skills.
FACT: Clinical perceptual skills can be enhanced significantly in a weekend.
In the past, relatively little was known about how the human neural system processed extremely subtle stimuli. Consequently, developing subtle perception skills was a ‘hit or miss’ proposition that could consume considerable time and effort – with no guarantee of success.
Recent neurophysiological research has successfully identified key components in this process. New protocols now exist that can assist practitioners to rapidly enhance awareness of specific key components and quickly gain access to an extended range of perception.